The death certificate for George Burnette, died 1938Jan29, age 73, Fayette County, is posted onhttp://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcdetail.aspx?Id=1985408
“West Virginia Death Records”
The person providing the death information listed his parents as unknown. A newspaper article may have more information. Census records may be good way to determine his parents.
The West Virginia State Archives has the actual forms they completed on the men killed in mining accidents for 1919-1932 bound into large volumes (1926 and 1928 are missing). Beginning in 1933, they are individual file folders for each accident, and the Archives have those through 2001. As those come forward in time, they often include both a state and a federal report on the accident.
There is no master index to those records – they are arranged by year, then county, then company, then mine. Generally when people contact the West Virginia State Archives they already have a date and county, and often the company name.
Below is the related data that I found for Fayette county, West Virginia Mining Accidents 1887-1925:
Date of Accident / Name of Person / Age / County (Town) / F=Fatal or N=Nonfatal / Page / Reference Source / Report Year
1897DEC27 BURNET, F M FAYETTE F 57 68
1907NOV15 BURNETT, CHARLES 17 FAYETTE N 239 71
If any of the above are of interest to you, get back with me. I do have a little more information about these specific accidents.
“Mine Accidents U.S., Canada and Australia”